Jonathan Ross doesn't want to be like Brucie

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 January 2012
Jonathan Ross

Jonathan Ross with his Special Recognition accolade at the National Television Awards

Jonathan Ross wanted to be like Sir Bruce Forsyth - until he met him

Jonathan Ross wanted to be like Sir Bruce Forsyth until he met him.

The 51-year-old presenter used to want to follow in the footsteps of the 83-year-old TV host when he was a child, but since seeing the 'Strictly Come Dancing' co-presenter in the flesh he has changed his mind.

Speaking at the National Television Awards last night (25.01.12) - where he won the Special Recognition award - at London's O2, he told BANG Showbiz: "I have really admired Bruce, he was an inspiration of mine. When I was a kid I kind of wanted to be like Sir Bruce Forsyth, but now I've met him I realise I don't want to be like him. "

Upon receiving his accolade, Jonathan was "really touched" that comedian Graham Norton - who hosts rival BBC One chat show 'The Graham Norton Show' - praised him for winning the gong.

He added: "This award is a lovely thing to be given, but one thing that really touched me was that Graham came out and said such nice things about me.

"He's obviously a rival of mine because we're doing the same sort of show on different sides and for him to be so generous about me was really touching.

"This series I've been really happy. Last series, we were delighted to get some great guests but I felt that I wasn't relaxed yet. I was trying to be but I was trying to force it.

"I still felt they misunderstood me but now I feel relaxed, I'm really enjoying it and I think they're some of the best shows we've done for years and we've got great guests."

Despite enjoying his latest show, Jonathan - who has David Beckham as a guest on his show next week - revealed he would "definitely" appear as a judge on 'Britain's Got Talent' or 'X Factor' if Simon Cowell propositioned him.

He explained: "I love 'BGT' and all the talent shows on TV and if Cowell ever asked me I would definitely do it if I had the time, but I know how much time it takes. It's an incredible commitment. I love those shows and I'm sure if anyone ever asked me to do one I would do it.

"Probably 'BGT' more than 'X Factor'. I like seeing people come out and doing something really off-the-wall."

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